April 2012


WiVLA's Mission: To provide an inspiring forum for women to explore and advance their creative development, to promote their work in the marketplace, and to infuse the community with their spirit of cooperation and invention.

In this Issue
Letter From the Editor
Quote of the Month
Meeting Recap and Announcement
Special Opportunity
True Colors: Andrea Waguespack
Mixed Messages
Art Prompt
Easy Money for WiVLA
Member News & Accolades
What's Happening in Visual Arts
Good Bars to Draw, Write, or Read
Houston Indie Book Festival
Please "Like" Us
Diana Weeks Inducted Into Hall of Fame
Call for Entries
Calendar of Events

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT__________________________________



Dear Friends,


March's meeting provided another great night of creative fun. Zentangles flew off our fingers with beautiful results. I heard talk of a Zentangle art exhibit over dinner that evening. Hmm, sounds interesting. Thank you, Judy Lehman, for such a terrific presentation.


Our next big event is the Houston Indie Book Festival on April 14th. Are you an author with books to sell? If so, this is something you do not want to miss. Are you a book reader? Then you do not want to miss it either. Be sure to read the article to get all the details.


Mixed Messages, our collaboration show in May and June, is on my mind these days. I am fortunate to be working on two projects for this show and I have been spending a lot of time working with my partners. It is a marvelous experience to interact with other creative people. Starting from zero, getting to know each other, noodling together, exploring ideas, and then Bam!, an idea explodes between you. This is what WiVLA is about, that Bam! of creativity taking you to unexpected places.


I hope you are finding your Bam! as you work on your collaboration project. Whether your work will hang at Betz Gallery or be presented at the June meeting, we are all waiting to see and hear it. Since the deadline for submitting your entry form is the day before our next meeting, the event coordinators have decided to accept entries at the meeting, too. You can postmark your entry by April 16 or deliver it to Donna Durbin at the meeting on April 17.


I am looking forward to hearing the reports from our 2011 ECO Award winners, Sally Stubbs and Mary Ann Gremillion at this month's meeting and finding out who our 2012 winners will be. Good luck to all who entered.


And do not miss the professional reading of the play Diana Weeks wrote during of her 2010 ECO Award residency at the Vermont Studio Center. It is Monday, April 2 at Stages Theater. See more about it in the newsletter. 


Warm regards,



LETTER FROM THE EDITOR______________________________________

Hello everyone,


We have a lot of opportunities available for WiVLA members to get their creative juices flowing. The art prompt, Corry's "True Colors," and the Mixed Messages collaboration project - not to mention the monthly call for entries.

Don't forget - members can also submit articles. Be sure to check out the second installment of Michelle Zacks' "Good Bars to Write, Draw, or Read." It's inspired by Cary Reeder's long-running column. 


Here's to a creative and productive month!    


Andrea Waguespack

QUOTE OF THE MONTH_____________________________________ 




Sometimes questions are more important than answers



-Nancy Willard, American Poet and Writer, b. 1936 

Have a favorite creativity-themed quote?
Send it to newsletter@wivla.org - it could be our next Quote of the Month.

MEMBERSHIP MEETING - MARCH 20______________________   


WiVLA members made Zentangles with presenter Judy Lehman. Thank you, Judy! 

MEMBERSHIP MEETING - APRIL 17______________________    

Please come and enjoy the presentations of Sally Stubb, Visual ECO Award winner and Maryann Gremillion, Literary ECO Award winner.  

Each ECO Awardee presents a program the year after receiving the award, using the material and ideas generated by their ECO experience.  The presentations are exciting and inspirational. 

You won't want to miss this meeting.  We look forward to your support and presence!

Join us afterwards, "Dutch Treat," at Cafe Express for dinner and the gift of gab!


By Lane Devereux   


Liberty Mutual Insurance will continue to donate up to $15 to WiVLA for every auto and homeowners insurance quote we request from agent Eileen Collins through May 31, 2012. There is no obligation to purchase insurance. We can earn as much as $1,000 for every 66 inquiries.  


If every WiVLA member participated and got another friend to participate also, WiVLA could receive over $4,000 from this program. That would pay for next year's ECO awards and Gold Key scholarships!  


I tested the offer myself and found it as painless as promised. Not only was it easy, Eileen was able to save me over $700 per year on my auto insurance and about $100 on my homeowner insurance. How often do you get a chance to do a good deed with the possibility of a big pay-off to yourself? This can be a win for WiVLA and a win for you (and your friends and family).


For more information, or to get a quote, please contact Eileen Collins at 281-320-1181 ext. 59053 or click to email Eileen. You can also contact me via email

TRUE COLORS: ANDREA WAGUESPACK_______________________  

By Corry Austin


We'd like to know your True Colors. This new column will allow members to share some of their special details so we can all find new ways to connect with each other.  


True Colors is based on an activity Rebecca Kveton shared with the board at the January retreat. Thanks, Rebecca!   


If you'd like to put you True Colors in the WiVLA paintbox, click here for the questions and colors. Answer 4 or 5 of them, and submit to Corry Austin at corry@sbcglobal.net. They will be submitted to the newsletter as they are received.


Introducing... Andrea Waguespack, our newsletter editor.   


Cobalt Blue: Do you like your name? Why or why not?   How would you decorate it if you could make your own nameplate? How does your name make you feel? Is there a family or friend story about your name?


Overall, I like my name, although I don't like having a name that can be pronounced multiple ways. In Louisiana, where I was born, it's pronounced Ahn-drea. In Texas, it's Anne-drea. Growing up, I always wanted a cute American name that only had one pronunciation. I longed to be called Katie or Molly.  


Burnt Sienna: Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? Farther in the future? Do you use a particular tool for visualizing your future?


This question scares me. Gosh - now it's time to do some soul searching! 


Crimson: Where are you from and how did you get here? (can be taken literally or figuratively)


I'm from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, but I've lived in Houston for nearly 20 years. Houston is home for me.  


I got "here" by waking up 6 years ago and saying "I really, really, really hate where my life is going. This is not the true me! I need a life makeover!"


I dropped the things I didn't like about my life, quit my job and enrolled in college full time. During that period, I met my future husband. I can't imagine my life being the same, had I not married him.


One of my favorite quotes is "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've imagined." It definitely helps to get through rough patches, especially as an artist.


Yellow Ochre: Where is your special place on earth? Where do you go when life presents difficulties? Where do you go to feel joy? Are they both the same?   Do you have a place where you find your muse? Describe any or all of these.


My special place on Earth is my bathtub. The running water blocks out all the noise in the house. It's easier for me to concentrate - on the book I'm reading, the piece I'm writing, and even my own thoughts.


Equal to that is: the outdoors. Even if it's sitting on my porch or near a window. I particularly like to walk the trails at Memorial Park and the nearby arboretum if something is on my mind. 

"MIXED MESSAGES" ENTRIES DUE IN APRIL_______________________ By Lane Devereux   


It is time to get busy on Mixed Messages, the 2012 collaboration show. Entries must be postmarked no later than April 16, 2012 or hand-delivered to Donna Durbin at the WiVLA meeting on April 17, 2012.


The collaboration show has a unique twist this year, with the exhibition opening and the literary occasion taking place at different times. This solves the problem of gallery noise drowning out the readings, which we have experienced in the past.  


The gallery exhibition will be at Betz Gallery from May 4 through May 12, 2012 and the opening reception will be on May 5. The readings will take place at WiVLA's regular meeting on June 19, 2012 and will include refreshments, too. When you read the prospectus, you will see that the June event is open to any collaboration piece that does not fit in a gallery show. This could include things like performance art, videos, play excerpts, or dance performances in addition to literary readings.


Mixed Messages is a chance to let your creativity run wild and have a wonderful, collegial experience with one to three other WiVLA members. 


Click here to view prospectus.    

Click here  to view entry form.  

ART PROMPT______________________________________________  

By Andrea Waguespack


Send submissions by the 20th of the month to newsletter@wivla.org. Members may submit up to 5 entries. Submissions must be for this month's prompt only. Visual art will need to be submitted in digital format as a .jpeg image. Literary art must be submitted in .doc format and can be no longer than 2 pages. This is not a contest - all submissions will be published for everyone to enjoy!       


No submissions this month. Check back again in May!    

April 2012 Prompt:


The first time I fell in love.... 

AN EASY WAY TO EARN MONEY FOR WiVLA____________________  

By Lane Devereux


Sign up for Good Search / Good Shop - it's an easy way to earn money for WiVLA!  

It's easy to sign up: 


1. Go to www.goodsearch.com

2. Type in WiVLA at the prompt

3. Go to your favorite search location or a favorite store

4. That's all there is! You can search daily and WiVLA gets credit, even more when you buy something from an affiliated store.



Sharon Worley's book, A Feminist Analysis of Gender and Primogeniture in Neoclassical Tragedy: The Literary Politics Behind the French Revolution has been published by Edwin Mellen Press.

Marian Szczepanski's novel Playing St. Barbara has been accepted for publication in 2013 by High Hill Press. The novel follows the lives of an immigrant coal miner's wife and three daughters in southwestern Pennsylvania from 1929-1941.

Sally Stubbs' following two FotoFest event shows continue through April 24th. Her WIVLA ECO Grant photographs of Palo Duro Canyon are on display m-ARCHITECTS in Houston. Sally's photography is also on display at Betz Art Gallery in Houston.


Kay Cox is one of three people who have been invited by the Round Top, Texas Library to read a combination of their poetry and essays on May 17 at 7:00 p.m.

Melanie Rosin will be doing a national radio interview on the ArtistFirst Radio Network for her newly-published poetry collection entitled Four Feet from the Surface. Her interview will be on Tuesday, April 3rd at 6pm central. You can listen to her live on artistfirst.com.

Janet Lowery's published 2 poems: Where Our Mother Died and How Everything Stands in Place. Two of her poems will soon be published: Dreamcatcher and Housekeeping 101. Readings are scheduled at Brazos Bookstore on April 5, Ideson Public Library on April 7, Lone Star College-Montgomery on April 19, and at Café Boheme on April 22. 


Laura Pena will be reading from her poetry book, Sunset Everywhere, as well as new poems from an upcoming book at Brazos Bookstore on April 5. Another poem by Laura was accepted for Boundless, the anthology of The Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival.   


Have news you'd like to share? Send an email by the 20th of the month to newsletter@wivla.org. 

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN VISUAL ARTS_____________________________ 

By Donna Durbin


Art is not about thinking something up. It is the opposite -- getting something down.  

~ Julia Cameron, The Artist's Way


How are you doing with your collaboration for our "Mixed Messages" show? To participate, your prospectus needs to be postmarked by Monday, April 16. Get your juices going, meet with your partners and get moving.  


I look forward to seeing the synergy that results from our members. "Mixed Messages" opens Saturday, May 5th at Betz Gallery. Thanks to the women who volunteered at the March meeting to help hang art on Thursday, May 3.  


Ready to get more involved? If you have any questions, contact: Donna Durbin via email or Michele Zacks via email.   

GOOD BARS TO DRAW, WRITE OR READ__________________________ 

By Michele Zacks




Zimm's Martini Bar

4321 Montrose @ Richmond, Phone: 713-521-2002


Carrying on?! Nobody has yet refuted my idea that a bar can be a perfect fit for such intellectual activities as drawing, writing or reading. So I've carried on my mission: READ NOOK at Zimm's. So far, this has been the best of my reading haunts.


Happenings?! What I want from a bar is a few interesting people, just enough noise, a good glass of red wine, dim light and a relaxing décor. The right music (for me, 90s tunes), not too loud, is a big plus. Zimm's has it on all points. Ask them to turn up the light at the bar and they'll do so. You'll get through more than a few pages in your Nook book here.


Up to the specs?! The bartenders have curiosity and you can expect either solid attention or aloof moods. Isn't this what you want anyway? Zimm's is located just a bit south of THE BLACK LAB (see last month's WIVLA Voices). The advantage of being in the Museum District with the excellent freeway access remains. Parking is slightly more of a challenge. You'll have to park on the street in front or on one of the narrow side streets - or pay a bit for a spot in their lot right behind.


Good eats?!  This bar is hard core - wine and martinis etc. No food served. They have the best lemon drops of anywhere I've been. The combination of vodka, fresh lemon juice, and sugar with the sugar rim is sublimely relaxing. I wouldn't advise more than one and they are best sipped slowly between pages or lines. If you're with other writers and artists, it's wonderful to share an appetizer platter which they'll order for you from the neighboring Thai Sticks Restaurant. Just the nibbles you need to keep on drinking. I mean: writing.


Comfort zone?! I rate this bar at 7/10. The bar stools are spaced apart nicely; you get a little attitude boost from the friendly, well-dressed company. Week nights are mellow and satisfying, with a few couples peppering the bar. Don't go on a Friday or Saturday evening. That is, unless you reserve a table and take ear plugs. Their outdoor patio is a decent spot to lay out your project notebooks or show-n-tell ideas. Take advantage of mild spring nights in Houston in this classic stylish Montrose bar. Go in jeans and get in the mood to meet some strangers. You might end up talking to an English professor and sharing thoughts on favorite books. Yeah, it happened to me. And there's no better bar prop than coffee - or a Nook. If your mission fails, you can always take inspiration from their ever changing painting choices.

HOUSTON INDIE BOOK FESTIVAL_____________________________ 


Save the date for the Houston Indie Book Festival, Saturday, April 14th from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm at the Menil Campus!

WiVLA is proud to be a participant at the festival and will host an exhibitor table with information about our organization. The table will be available to members who have published books they want to sell.

Please join WiVLA and local independent booksellers for a lovely day of readings, children's activities, and panel discussions in the park.

For more information about selling your books, contact Jennifer Watson via email.

PLEASE "LIKE" US ____________________________________________ 


Did you know WiVLA has a Facebook page? We do and we want you to LIKE us!  


This FB page could be an excellent tool for communicating informally among members. Are you still looking for a collaboration partner? Post it on our page. Do you have a show coming up? Post it on our page. Are you teaching a workshop or selling equipment? Post it on our page. Do you have a new brag to share? Post it on WiVLA's Facebook page.  


To find us, search Facebook for Women in the Visual and Literary Arts [WiVLA]. Then LIKE us and post a greeting to all your WiVLA friends.

DIANA WEEKS INDUCTED INTO THE 1st PLAYWRITING HALL OF FAME____________________________________________________________ 


Diana Weeks  


On March 17, 2012 in Tyler, Texas, Diana Weeks was inducted into the first Texas Playwriting Hall of Fame, sponsored by Texas Non-Profit Theatres, Inc. She was instrumental in starting the playwriting competition.   


The goal of Texas Non-Profit Theatre members is to promote and improve live theatre. To achieve this goal, they recognize the value of showcasing new plays. Playwrights provide the heart of the creative dramatic process, but most do not have a theatre available to them to see their works come to life.

Texas Non-Profit Theatre recognizes that local playwrights, as much as other local theatre professionals, need a place to develop and use their talents. They believe the theatre will gain prestige, expanded audiences, and extra publicity by presenting premiere productions of new plays by local authors.


It was Diana Weeks' idea to start this playwriting competition that has helped so many playwrights, both in Texas and from all the states, to hear their voices through productions.   


This year four playwrights will received productions at four different theatres in Texas.

CALL FOR ENTRIES - VISUAL ART______________________________   


Inclusion in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We recommend you research each contest, and contact the sponsor(s). 

General Websites for artist exhibition Calls for Entry:






Houston Center for Contemporary Craft is accepting entries for crafttexas 2012. Applications must be completed and submitted online via the Cafe system. Deadline is March 15. Exhibition dates: September 29 - December 30, 2012. Work in clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood and found/recycled materials.


The Lone Star Art Guild is a non-profit organization started in Brenham, Texas in 1961. Visit their website to find more information about contests and art leagues that are within a 200 mile radius of Houston.


Womenarts Quarterly Journal seeks visual art. For submission guidelines and more information, visit their website.   


Houston Center for Photography: 30th Annual Juried Membership Exhibition, Deadline April 20, 2012 Juror: Anne Wilkes Tucker For prospectus: callforentry.org For more info: http://www.hcponline.org


Bayou City Art Festival Downtown is taking applications for the festival to be held October 13th and 14th. Application deadline is April 27th. Click here for more information.


The 3rd Annual Galveston Food & Wine Festival is looking for artists to participate in their event on Galveston Island on April 20th and 21st. Click here for more information.


Archway Gallery Call for Entries: 4th Annual Juried Exhibition. Even held July 7 thru August 1, 2012. Deadline: July 2 - 3, 10am-6pm- Hand deliver Artwork to Gallery. Click here for prospectus.


iFest has opportunities for artists to show and sell their work. This year they have a new Village Green for the Green Community and Green Artists. Click here for more info. 


WatsonHuff Galleries Artist Call. Interested in showing your work in the Kingwood gallery? Contact Melissa Watson via email or call 585-737-9524.  


A note from Audra Sewell-Noblique... Art Professionals of Texas, an elite group of artists for whom art is a way of life, is now accepting membership applications based on portfolio review from artists in all mediums. Click here for more information. 

CALL FOR ENTRIES - LITERARY ART____________________________   


Inclusion in this list does not indicate endorsement by WiVLA. We recommend you research each contest, and contact the sponsor(s).   


Rattle is accepting poetry, translation, review, essay, and interview entries. Deadline: open. Click here for more information.


Telling Our Stories Press is seeking memoirs between 100-300 words for a memoir project. Deadline: rolling. Click here for more information.  


New Letters Magazine seeks fiction, essays, or poetry regardless of subject, style, or genre. A rough average length for prose is 3,000 to 5,000 words. Deadline: April 30, 2012. Click here for more information.     


The Loop Online is an online scriptwriting site. Click here for information about various scriptwriting opportunities.


Borderlands: A Texas Poetry Review is accepting poetry, essays, book reviews, and art. Deadline: June 15. Click here for more information.  


ByLine Magazine sponsors monthly contests for essays, short stories, poetry, articles, essays, and more. Deadline: open. For more information, visit Byline Magazine.


Fiction Weekly accepts submissions via email, reads year round, and responds to submissions within 30 days. For more details, please visit Fiction Weekly.


Austin Poetry Society Monthly Contest sponsors two regular monthly contests from October through April, in the categories of General and Light Verse. Deadlines are monthly through March. For more information, click here.


Scratch is a monthly writing contest that seeks new short fiction to be selected by rotating guest judges. Deadline: monthly. Small fee to enter, cash prizes and publication every month, plus annual anthology. For more information, click here .


Poets & Writers is a great source for writing contests. Check out Poets & Writers contests listings here.


Womenarts Quarterly Journal seeks literary art, including essays, fiction, poetry, reviews and interviews by women. For submission guidelines and more information, visit their website.


Creative Print Publishing offers a genuine, no fee book competition that stretches over 12 months. Each month a different genre; each month a winner. Winners are offered a
contract, paid royalties, and receive full promotion and marketing strategies. This is not a competition with prizes. There is no entry fee. Only Print Ready novels of genuine merit will be chosen. Get full details of rules, genres and how to submit on their website.



A Stubborn Woman, a play written by Diana Weeks during her 2009 ECO Award-funded stay at the Vermont Studio Center, will have a staged reading April 2 at 7 p.m. at Stages (3201 Allen Parkway 77019). Admission is free.  A discussion with the cast and playwright will follow the reading. Diana will read one of her stories as part of the Fieldworks Showcase on April 15 at Diverse Works. Tickets are $7.

A new 3-D art organization will hold its first meeting at the Archway Gallery on April 11 at 6 pm. This group is organized by Nell Gottlieb, Pat Moberley Moore, Joy Mullet, Cindy Butler Rasche, and Andrea Wilkinson. It will provide an opportunity for 3-D media artists to meet one another to learn and share. For more information contact Pat Moberly Moore via email, or Cindy Butler Rasche at 281-246-4963 or via email.

Would you like to post an announcement? Send your email by the 20th of the month to newsletter@wivla.org.  

WiVLA CALENDAR OF EVENTS_________________________________  

April 9, 6 p.m.

Museum of Printing History, 1324 West Clay  (Map)    


For a complete list of upcoming events, visit the WiVLA calendar online.

WiVLA BOARD MEMBERS_____________________________________  


President                   Lane Devereux (wivla.lanedev@yahoo.com)  

Vice President            Cookie Wells (wadsworth@sbcglobal.net)  

Secretary                   Cathy Lachin (cplachin@yahoo.com)  

Treasurer                   Pattie Berg (jewelry@sapamojo.com)  

Membership               Corry Austin (corry@sbcglobal.net)  

Communications         Jennifer Watson (jwatson5@uh.edu)  

Programs                   Rebecca Kveton (gigglesrk@aol.com)  

Newsletter                 Andrea Waguespack (andreawag@live.com) 

Visual Arts                 Donna Durbin (donna@donnadurbin.com)  

                                 Michele Zacks (mazacks@hotmail.com)  

Literary Arts               Leah Lax (leahlax@sbcglobal.net)  

                                 Pat Morgan (angeltrack@aol.com)  

At Large                     Piyali Dasgupta (piyalidasgupta@hotmail.com)

                                 June Russell (jrrbug281@aol.com)

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